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Council hosts study session on downtown parking garage

Council hosts study session on downtown parking garage


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council continues to explore options to address parking constraints in the downtown triangle.

The Los Altos City Council last week held the first of two study sessions to discuss the potential construct...

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Schools

LAHS Science and Technology Week features medical examiner

LAHS Science and Technology Week features medical examiner


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A Los Altos High School student learns how to use robotic surgical equipment at the school’s Science and Technology Week event last year. Students can also attend hands-on presentations at this year’s event, w...

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Community

Ahoy, matey: Pirate Manor ramps up Halloween display

Ahoy, matey: Pirate Manor ramps up Halloween display


Town Crier File Photo
Pirate Manor is once again scheduled to arrive in the front yard of Dane and Jill Glasgow’s home on Manor Way in Los Altos, just in time for Halloween.

Although not the Walking Dead, pirate skeletons have been brought to li...

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Sports

Lancers rule the pool against Spartans

Lancers rule the pool against Spartans


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Eric Reitmeir launches the ball over Mountain View High driver David Niehaus (2) and goalie Kenny Tang. The host Lancers won Friday’s non-league game 9-3.

There wasn’t a lot on the line Friday when ...

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Reeder, Fung for El Camino HCD: Editorial

The good news for the El Camino Healthcare District (formerly the El Camino Hospital District, for those still getting used to the new name) is that there is a contested election Nov. 4 for the district’s board of directors. Three candidates are runn...

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Special Sections

Plant-based diet offers benefits

Plant-based diet offers benefits


Photo by Ramya Krishna
Los Altos resident Nandini Krishna prepares a meat-free dish According to author Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr., M.D., a plant-based diet can help prevent cancer.

Shirley Okita of Los Altos has found that adhering to a mostly plant...

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Business

New shop offers haute couture for girls

New shop offers haute couture for girls


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Girls @ Los Altos at 239 State St. offers clothing lines such as Nellystella as well as toys and other items for girls.

Cecilia Chen opened The Girls @ Los Altos as a tribute to the party dress. Whether it’s for...

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Books

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mimi Sommers, who works at a Los Altos dentist’s office, recently wrote a children’s book.

A local dental hygienist recently published a book that aims to ease parents and children during a sometimes anxious e...

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People

BARBARA DARLING MERIDETH

1946-2014

Born in Palo Alto, raised in Los Altos, retired in southern Oregon. Survived by Peter James Merideth, sons Matthew, Jacob and John Merideth, the loves of her life.

She was a housewife who took great pride in her home, her surroundings and...

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Travel

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors


Courtesy of Castello di Amorosa
Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, above, boasts a beautiful setting for viewing fall’s colors – and sampling the vineyard’s wines.

Yes, Virginia, there is fall in California.

The colors pop out in...

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Stepping Out

'Sleepy Hollow' awakens at Bus Barn

'Sleepy Hollow' awakens at Bus Barn



Los Altos Youth Theatre’s production of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” a musical based on Washington Irving’s classic story, is set to run through Nov. 2 at Bus Barn Theater. The cast comprises 27 young actors, directed by Cindy Powell. Courtesy o...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Local events add color to autumn calendar

Local events add color to autumn calendar


Van Houtte/town crier Visitors make their way through the Children’s Alley.

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees exchange their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red in the fall, an abundance of local events also ad...

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LAH reports little change in enrollment, costs still high

Although measuring the precise return on investment is difficult, it’s clear that residents of Los Altos Hills contribute generously to public education – a tax-dollar total that averaged $27,529 per student last year.

According to the Los Altos Hills Education Committee’s 2012-2013 Enrollment Report, 930 students from Los Altos Hills are enrolled in K-12 public schools in the Los Altos School District, which includes elementary and junior high schools; the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District (MVLA); and the Palo Alto Unified School District, which includes elementary, middle and high schools. Los Altos Hills is split geographically between the two elementary school districts.

With an overall decrease of 22 students, there was no major shift in public school enrollment from the previous year.

Because Bullis Charter School declined to provide enrollment data, Heather Rose, chairwoman of the Education Committee, reported that some statistics – including small decreases in the number of students enrolled in Los Altos schools between eighth and ninth grades – may not be as accurate as they could be.

Although the Los Altos School District enrolls 4 percent more elementary students than the Palo Alto Unified district, the reverse is true for high school enrollment – Palo Alto enrolls 12 percent more students than MVLA, with 183 attending Gunn and 145 attending high schools that include Los Altos Hills within their boundaries.

Rose attributed the reversal in enrollment figures during the transition to high school to private school students entering Gunn. During a committee report to the city council, she noted that the Palo Alto district had a higher concentration of students attending public middle schools than the Los Altos district for the 2012-2013 year. She alluded to possible concerns from residents about the stability of local elementary schools as one explanation.

In addition to highlighting the number of students that attend each public school in the districts, the report provides a breakdown of the taxpayer cost per student in each district.

Students in MVLA receive the highest total revenue at $39,495 per pupil – $36,291 from property taxes and $3,204 in bond-issue revenue for facility expenses. The Los Altos School District’s receives $30,226 per student and the Palo Alto Unified School District averages $26,866.

Property and parcel-tax contributions in 2012-2013 increased nearly 9 percent, or $3,629, per student across all school districts serving Los Altos Hills compared with 2011-2012.

For the complete Los Altos Hills Education Committee 2012-2013 Enrollment Report, visit losaltoshills.ca.gov/documents/committees/education/2013-2013_enrollment_report_presentation_citycouncil.pdf.

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